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Two ships with Yemen evacuees to reach Kochi on Saturday

They would be the last of the Yemen evacuees to reach India, said the Navy in Kochi.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: April 17, 2015 10:21:31 pm
indians in Yemen, yemen indians, indian ships, indian ships yemen, M V Kavaratti, M V Corals, Indian evacuees yemen, Indian navy ships, Yemen, Indian evacuees, india news, indian express, indians abroad The two ships, which had departed Kochi on March 30, were first assigned for the evacuations of Indians from strife-torn Yemen.

Two ships, M V Kavaratti and M V Corals, would reach Kochi on Saturday with 475 persons from Yemen. They would be the last of the Yemen evacuees to reach India, said the Navy in Kochi.

On board MV Corals include 272 Bangladeshis and 46 Indians, while M V Kavaratti has 166 evacuees who include 27 Indians, 64 Bengladeshis and 75 Yemenis of Indian origin.

The ships, which had departed Djibouti on April 12, are expected to anchor at the port in the afternoon.

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Kerala Government in association with Railways has made arrangements for the journey of the evacuees to their respective destinations. Officials of the Bangladesh government have reached Kochi to oversee the onward travel the evacuees belonging to that country.

The vessel M V KAVARATTI, which had sailed off to Lakshadweep on March 29 on a routine voyage, was urgently called back and the passengers offloaded onto two other vessels.

The two vessels were then re-equipped fully with supplies of bunker, provisions, fresh water and medicines arranged overnight. The vessels also carried a Doctor and paramedical staff on board.

The two ships, which had departed Kochi on March 30, were first assigned for the evacuations of Indians from strife-torn Yemen. The ships had been anchored off Djibouti as the situation in Yemen precluded their entry into any port.

The passenger liners were provided security cover by the Indian Navy with two warships INS Mumbaiand INS Tarkash escorting them up to Djibouti during their onward journey. During their return, the ships were initially escorted by INS Tarkash and later by INS Tir from Kochi.

This is in addition to the Marine Commandoes that were embarked on these ships to ensure safety and security of the crew, said the Navy spokesman.

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